Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld had some choice words for the #MeToo movement.
In an interview with Numéro Magazine, the 84-year-old German Chanel designer stated, "I’m fed up with it...What shocks me most in all of this are the starlets who have taken 20 years to remember what happened. Not to mention the fact there are no prosecution witnesses."
Lagerfeld has courted controversy in the past when he drew a cartoon of chancellor Angela Merkel and Adolph Hitler for a German newspaper. He also compared Merkel’s immigration stance to the Holocaust on a French talk show. While those comments on their own are shocking enough, the elderly designer has criticized stars, such as Adele, for not fitting into his idea of female perfection.
In the interview, however, he seems to stay on topic regarding the #MeeToo movement. He even defended the creative director of Interview magazine Karl Templer, who has been accused of misconduct by several models.
“I don’t believe a single word of it. A girl complained he tried to pull her pants down and he is instantly excommunicated from a profession that, up until then, had venerated him," he says. "It’s unbelievable. If you don’t want your pants pulled about, don’t become a model! Join a nunnery, there’ll always be a place for you in the convent. They’re recruiting even!"
Despite his aversion to the #MeToo movement, the designer has no love for Harvey Weinstein. "That said, I cannot stand Mr. Weinstein. I had a problem with him at [the] amfAR [Gala]. It wasn’t of a sexual nature, but a professional one. I’ll spare you the details, but he isn’t exactly what you might call a man of his word."
Since the interview released, many stars have spoken out against the designer. Chrissy Teigen called Lagerfeld out on Twitter for blasting models who don't want their pants pulled down saying they should join the nunnery, posting, "Surely there is an in-between here, Karl."
Many in the Twitterverse called for a boycott of Lagerfeld and Chanel, while others attributed his comments to his advanced age. “Karl Lagerfeld reached ultimate old man yelling at the sky mode with complaints against the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements,” wrote The Mary Sue. Meanwhile, comedian Whitney Cummings, posted, “Karl Lagerfeld is fed up with the #MeToo. Well, I'm fed up with rich old entitled white guys with ponytails who make their money off women's insecurities.”
When Lagerfeld's comments in the past into consideration, this interview might not come as a surprise. Regardless, they're still rather shocking. They say any press is good press, but we can only imagine the PR nightmare he's caused following this interview. We don't expect an apology from the famed designer, but one is certainly owed in this situation.